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It’s no wonder waterfront settings are popular spots for log homes. After all, coastal, lakefront and riverside properties provide gorgeous views, an all-access pass to water sports and activities, and a peaceful backdrop for your own getaway retreat.

But there are some challenges to building on the water. For example, many areas have stringent setbacks and building requirements you’ll have to consider and work around. You also might be building on a sloped lot or have tree lines to contend with while situating the house to achieve the best views and most functional floor plan.

Fortunately, if you work with a log home company and designer that is experienced and knowledgeable about building on waterfront properties, you should be covered.

Ready to dive in? Here’s what you need to know.

Take in the Views

A waterfront property will most likely provide spectacular views, so consider those first. When working on your initial floor plan, place rooms carefully to best take advantage of those views. Think about orienting popular living spaces like the great room, kitchen and dining area, master bedroom, and screen porch or four-season room on the side of the home that faces the water. Large expanses of glass in the form of windows or doors will allow you to enjoy your waterfront property from both the indoors and out.

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